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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 1 Issue: 7
(July 1999)


.uk Domain name registrations continue to soar with almost 150,000 registrations since January according to Nominet uk, the UK Domain Name Registrar. / read more

The UK Government published the draft Electronic Communications Bill this month to a luke warm reception from industry. The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), the trade body for ISPs, noted that only three of the draft bill’s twenty three pages are devoted to promoting e–commerce, while the rest are concerned with law enforcement. / read more

The Finnish Presidency of the European Union is aiming to persuade the OECD to adopt proposals on consumer protection that will allow consumers to have any dispute relating to electronic commerce contracts heard by the courts of their country of residence. / read more


The gap between the UK Government’s rhetoric on e-commerce and the reality seems to be yawning larger. The fine talk before Christmas last year about placing the UK at the heart of the electronic revolution seems to have remained mostly that - fine talk. / read more

On 14 July the Commission proposed a Regulation to adopt the amended Brussels Convention on Jurisdiction in civil matters into the body of European Community law pursuant to new powers under Article 65 of the Amsterdam Treaty (“Brussels Regulation”). / read more

The development of the internet and e-commerce in Ireland has received a significant boost with the publication of a memorandum by the national telecommunications regulator on interconnect arrangements between Telecom Eireann, the dominant TO, and other licenced operators and ISPs. / read more

The legal issues that affect advertising in traditional media are of equal application and relevance to webvertising. The problem for businesses is applying national laws and regulations to adverts that are disseminated to the world at large. In theory, at least, a webvert is subject to the laws of every country in which it is accessed by an Internet user. / read more

The UK’s Parliamentary Select Committee for Trade and Industry published on August 9 a forthright and very detailed critique of the work of the government department and its agencies responsible for ensuring that the UK is not left behind in the global development of electronic commerce. The Committee is made up of Members of Parliament with a special interest in all matters falling under the ambit of the Department of Trade and Industry. The full report runs to almost 100 pages and can be viewed at: Freddie Dawkins spoke to Committee Chairman, Martin O’Neill / read more

On 23 July 1999, the Government published its Consultation Paper entitled “Promoting Electronic Commerce” together with the draft Electronic Communications Bill. This document had been long delayed; the Government launched its previous round of consultation on 5 March 1999 and allowed only three weeks for comments, yet it took almost another four months for the Bill to appear. Although the paper is entitled “Promoting Electronic Commerce”, there remains considerable doubt as to whether this will in fact be the effect. ISPA, the trade body for ISPs observed that only three of the twenty-three pages of the draft Bill are about promoting e-commerce; the rest is about law enforcement. / read more

Online privacy is regarded by cyber-guru Esther Dyson as not being a mere ‘Internet issue’, but rather a challenge for this world going forward. This statement evidences the importance of data protection on the Internet, particularly in a country like the US, where ‘privacy’ does not exist as a defined constitutional right. However, the e-commerce explosion of the last two years has placed online privacy at the centre of a debate involving top level politicians, industry and consumer lobbying groups and the Internet community as a whole. This article examines the current state of play concerning this issue in the US. / read more

The growth of e–commerce has inevitably both increased parallel trading activities and highlighted the difficulties for all concerned arising from the application of the doctrine of exhaustion of rights. The difficulties and uncertainties facing brand owners and other intellectual property rights owners on the one hand and traders on the other are well illustrated by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade and Industries report published in July entitled ‘Trade Marks, Fakes and Consumers’. / read more

The UK Parliament’s Select Committee on Trade & Industry in its report published on 9 August criticised the Government for the delay in appointing the e–Envoy. / read more

The UK Trade Minister, Stephen Byers announced in July plans for an ‘e-hallmark’ to create consumer confidence in trading online. / read more

The South African Government launched their e-commerce discussion paper on 29 July 1999. / read more

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